UBC Robots Play "Operation!"

Posted 17 Sep 2007 at 09:15 UTC by The Swirling Brain Share This

The University of British Columbia Physics Engineering Students had their 7th annual automonous robot competition. Students spend six weeks to learn basic electromechanical design, then form teams of four and spend seven weeks to design and construct a robot for a public robot competition. The competition changes from year to year and also serves as the final exam for the course. For this year's competition the robots had to play the game "Operation" where they had to remove bones from the patient. The operation table constructed was 6 foot long and had black taped lines around the outside for the robots to use for line following purposes. The robots have to be autonomous and no remote control is allowed. The robots maneuver themselves above each bone and with a crane, reach in and extract each bone. 8 robots were pitted against each other in elimination fashion. Watch the Youtube video of the competition! It's well worth watching!

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